For Prospective Families

Prospective Student and Mom

An education at The University of Texas at Austin is a family experience, and it all starts with the admission process.

Families can support their prospective Longhorns in many ways throughout the application process. Encourage your child to reflect on their interests and goals, explore educational possibilities with an open mind, and make the most of the transition between high school and college. Whether you’ve helped other children apply to college or this will be your first time, the University’s Office of Admissions provides the information and resources to support you and your student throughout the process.

Interested in learning more about the opportunities UT Austin offers? Start with our list of degree programs and explore the honors programs open to freshman applicants. Our rankings confirm our status as one of the biggest and best research universities in the world, and as one of the best college values in Texas and the U.S.  

Most students will complete three separate (but related) application processes: one for admission, one for on-campus housing, and one for financial aid and scholarships—in that order. Each application opens well in advance of its deadline, and we recommend that students become familiar with requirements and start applications early.  

All prospective students and families are encouraged to visit campus. By organizing your activities through the Office of Admissions, you can see campus on a tour guided by a current student, sit in on an information session led by an admissions counselor, and attend special interest sessions on an individual college or school, a special academic program or on-campus housing. 

The Office of Admissions is here to help you and your family through every step of the admission process. Visit the Texas Admissions website frequently and don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s assigned admission counselor or local admissions center.

Below you’ll find more information for prospective students and their parents/families.

Prospective Student Information

Family and Visitor Resources

Information about visiting campus and Austin.

On-Campus Housing Application

Complete the housing application as soon as possible after you finish your admissions application.

Virtual Tour of Campus

A 360-degree view of iconic campus sites

The University of Texas at Austin Camps

View the many camps hosted by UT Austin each summer.

Undergraduate Programs

The University of Texas at Austin offers more than 170 undergraduate degrees across 13 colleges and schools. The difference between a college and a school is that a college houses multiple disciplines of study while a school focuses on one discipline and its branches. For example, in the College of Liberal Arts, the majors span across a wide range of areas of study, such as English to Economics while in the Cockrell School of Engineering, majors are only engineering, different types but only engineering.

Expand sections below for basic information about each college or school, including undergraduate admissions and financial resources.

Cockrell School of Engineering

Cockrell School of Engineering Website

Undergraduate Admissions

Apply to Engineering

Engineering Honors Program

Financial Support

College of Education

College of Education Website

Undergraduate Admissions

Undergraduate Programs

Tuition, Financial Aid and Scholarships

College of Fine Arts

College of Fine Arts Website

Undergraduate Admissions

Visit the College of Fine Arts


College of Liberal Arts

College of Liberal Arts Website

Prospective Students

Scholarships & Awards

College of Liberal Arts: Liberal Arts Honors

Liberal Arts Honors Website

Undergraduate Admissions


College of Liberal Arts: Plan II Honors

Plan II Honors Website

Discover Plan II

Apply to Plan II Honors

Contact a Current Plan II Student

Visit Plan II Honors

Scholarships & Financial Aid

College of Natural Sciences

College of Natural Sciences (CNS) Website

Prospective Students

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit CNS


College of Pharmacy

Pre-Pharmacy Pathway

Pre-Pharmacy Application Resources

Jackson School of Geosciences

Jackson School of Geosciences Website

Undergraduate Admissions

Financial Support

McCombs School of Business

McCombs Undergraduate Program Website

Undergraduate Admissions

Contact a Student Recruiter

Scholarships & Financial Aid

McCombs School of Business: Canfield Business Honors Program

Canfield Business Honors Program (BHP) Website

Undergraduate Admissions

Contact a Canfield BHP Student Recruiter

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Moody College of Communication

Moody College of Communication Website

Undergraduate Programs

Visit Moody College


School of Architecture

School of Architecture Website

Undergraduate Admissions

Featured Questions

Visit the Undergraduate Program

Student Financial Support

School of Information

School of Information Website

Become an iSchooler

Financial Support

School of Nursing

School of Nursing Website

Prospective Students

Information Sessions

Financial Support

Steve Hicks School of Social Work

Steve Hicks School of Social Work Website

Undergraduate Admissions

Request for Information

Financial Resources